03 August 2009

Roland Mouret dishes on dressing women

Roland Mouret

You'll probably know Roland Mouret as the man who created the notion of an ‘It' dress. He says he made his 2005 Galaxy dress for Scarlett Johansson and Dita Von Teese (women who came to him to lament they needed a designer dress under which they could wear a bra), Victoria Beckham bought one full price and then it was worn by every A-lister on the planet and copied ad infinitum on the high street, something the man wasn't too happy about. ‘A lot of people made a lot of money because of my clothes,' he said. But Roland Mouret is no longer Roland Mouret. Following an acrimonious split from his business partner of five years Sharai Meyers, to whom he had signed away everything, he has had to reinvent himself as RM. ‘I have never spoken about it,' he says. ‘The only thing I said to her was I didn't recognise her any more. I understood then what a divorce was. I have been separated from people I loved, but there – the person I knew was not the person I had met. Not at all. It was shocking. We were both ruthless – I am quite ruthless, anyway – but it was still surprising. I was like: 'Did I love you? Really?' Still, Mouret hasn't done too badly since then. A dress collaboration with GAP, a business deal with pop svengali Simon Fuller, a host of A-list devotees for his new collection RM and the ‘It' item of the moment: the Tunic Top Dress. The piece shows just how well Mouret understands women - and their demands, especially at the moment, for a piece that's adaptable and still gorgeous. And we reckon there's another thing that shows his thinking's aligned with ours too. His view on Spanx: ‘I think I know how a woman wants to undress. How she wants to undress, in front of a man. The Spank [sic] has done wonderful things for women, but every time they wear it, they say: 'I have to go the toilet to get undressed.' And I think that is sad. Men love curves. And if a man could help to take off a Spank, it would become even more famous. But women don't want to be seen unpeeling out of a Spank. My dresses are for undressing. We all dress up to undress.' A man after our own heart... [Guardian]


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